Nicki Minaj and the "Pope" caused controversy at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, with the singer arriving at the event wearing a questionable, hooded red dress standing alongside a man dressed up as the Pope.
As well as her divisive red carpet entrance her Grammy performance included an exorcism and speaking in tongues, which many found to be distasteful and out of sync with the rest of the awards show.
Minaj took the stage with her song "Roman Holiday." From the very beginning, the performance took an offensive tone, with some even questioned on social media sites why Minaj was allowed to present such a performance at an event being watched by so many families and children.
"This was the most terrible thing I have ever seen. It was very, very disrespectful; and her voice and her music are simply awful. I honestly do not understand how the producers allowed such a thing," Megan wrote on the Just Jared blog.
Minaj opened with a scene that showed her "confessing" to a Priest through her rapping. She then took on a demonic appearance as she began to shake the confession wall, causing the Priest to cover his ears and scream.
"Is it just me, or does anyone else see the EVIL going on in this country," cause4liberty said on The Blaze blog site in response to the performance.
Next, a movie style clip showed up on the screens, with a title "The Exorcism of Roman" appearing. Minaj appeared in the clip being possessed by a demon. In the last scene she flings herself to the corner of the ceiling and looks down at the Priest. When the Priest asks "What is your name?" she screams "Roman" in a distorted demonic voice.
The performance then looked to show an act of exorcism, with dancers dressed in robes of different colors. The performance, as Minaj probably hoped for, sparked a vicious rebuke from religious viewers.
"Is it just me or are we witnessing evil taking center stage…everywhere," average.joseph asked on The Beast blog in response to the performance. "If this was a movie or a novel it would be unbelievable and seem too contrived but this is real and I am afraid too many people are unaware or in denial of what is happening. People and institutions that are good and just are now the punchline of jokes and openly mocked. Please God forgive us."